Ars Brevis

bullet1 9. Subjects

bullet2 2. Angels

2. The Second Subject, or Angels

Angels can be discussed with the principles and the rules. An angel has natural goodness, greatness, duration etc. And it is defined as follows: an angel is a spirit not joined to a body.

In an angel there is no natural contrariety, because it is incorruptible. The matter in an angel is made of passive correlatives, like the bonifiable, the magnifiable etc. as signified by the second species of D.

In an angel there is majority, because it is more similar to God than to man. And here the intellect realizes that if man cannot use sensible objects without organs, this does not mean that an angel cannot act without any organ, because angelic nature is superior. And here the intellect realizes that angels can speak to each other and act on us without any organ, and transit from place to place without any medium, and so forth, as can be seen in the discussion of the intellect with the rules.

There is difference in an angel, as its intellect, will and memory are different from each other.

There is equality between understanding, loving and remembering in an angel, by reason of its supreme object, namely God, who is equally to be understood, loved and remembered.